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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941Ð91 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941Ð91 Student Book

Christopher Catherwood | Nigel Kelly


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Book Details


Exam Board: Edexcel

Level: GCSE

Subject: History

First teaching: September 2016

First exams: Summer 2018


Series Editor: Angela Leonard

This Student Book:

  • covers the essential content in the new specification in an engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material
  • uses the 'Thinking Historically' approach and activities to help develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities
  • has 'Writing Historically' features that focus on the writing skills most important to historical success. This literacy support uses the proven Grammar for Writing approach used in many English departments
  • includes lots of exam guidance, with practice questions, sources, sample answers and tips to support preparation for GCSE assessments. 

* These resources have not yet been endorsed. This information is correct as of 31st July 2015, but may be subject to change. You do not have to purchase any resources to deliver our qualification.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents 3
Timeline 6
Chapter 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1941-58 8
1.1: Early tensions between East and West 9
Ideological differences between East and West 9
The significance of the Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam conferences 11
US-Soviet relations 1945-46: the wartime alliance unravels 14
The creation of Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe 17
1.2: The development of the Cold War 20
The impact of the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan 20
The formation of Cominform and Comecon 23
The 1948 Berlin Crisis - testing the West 24
The formation of East and West Germany 26
The creation of two armed camps 27
1.3: The Cold War intensifies 29
The significance of the arms race: Soviet Union v. USA, 1950-58 29
The Hungarian Uprising, 1956 32
International reaction to the Soviet invasion of Hungary 34
Recap page 37
Writing historically 38
Chapter 2: Cold War crises, 1958-70 40
2.1: Berlin 1958-63: Increased tension and the impact of the Berlin Wall 41
The refugee problem in Berlin, 1958 41
Khrushchev’s Berlin ultimatum 42
The summit meetings of 1959-61 43
Building the Berlin Wall 45
2.2: The Cuban Missile Crisis 49
The Cuban Revolution 49
The USA intervenes in Cuba: the ‘Bay of Pigs’ incident 50
The Cuban Missile Crisis 52
The consequences of the Cuban Missile Crisis 55
2.3: Czechoslovakia, 1968-69 58
Opposition to Soviet control 58
The ‘Prague Spring’ 58
The Soviet reaction 59
The impact of the ‘Prague Spring’ and the Soviet invasion 61
Recap page 63
Writing historically 64
Chapter 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970-91 66
3.1: Attempts to reduce tension between East and West, 1969-79 67
Détente 67
SALT 1 69
The Helsinki Accords, 1975 70
3.2: Flashpoints in superpower relations, 1979-84 74
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, 1979 74
Ronald Reagan and the ‘Second Cold War’ 77
3.3 The collapse of Soviet control in Eastern Europe, 1985-91 80
Gorbachev’s new thinking 80
The end of the Soviet hold on Eastern Europe 83
The significance of the fall of the Berlin Wall 84
Recap page 87
Writing historically 88
Writing analytical narrative 90
The difference between a story and a narrative account that analyses 90
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91: Preparing for your exam 92
Answers 99
Index 100
Acknowledgements 102